The main floor of the house features an open floor plan with a comfortable living area toward the front of the house. The kitchen and dining area is set off from the entryway and living room by a few steps and is at garden level. Best of all, it faces the back of the house and offers the most spectacular views of the water.
While the design of the interior is decidedly modern, it is far from cold or harsh. The use of rustic and unfinished materials, in combination with a subdued palette that does not feature a lot of shine, helps keep the space warm and inviting. The accent wall by the fireplace is fashioned from 200-year-old Canadian barn wood as are the bathroom accent walls and sliding doors. All the floors throughout the space are smooth and easy care for a no-hassle lifestyle, something that children as well as adults will appreciate.
The fireplace is front and center in the living area, however the entire house is heated with geothermal power. In fact, the house is not even connected to the energy grid that supplies the island. The architects used a special system that helps warm the structure by recycling thermal energy. Even better, almost all of the electricity that the house uses is solar-based. Between the LED lights, highly efficient insulating aluminum shell and the triple glass window frames, the house is exceptionally energy efficient and sustainable.
The minimalist stairs and the kitchen cabinets are made from untreated steel panels featuring the roll patterns that were created when the steel was flattened.
The back of the house provides unfettered views of the surrounding water. The big window is actually a sliding door that measures 8 meters wide and can be opened to enjoy the fresh air in good weather. The kitchen also opens onto a deck that has seating, along with a walkway that leads through the gardens and to the water’s edge.
The upstairs of the villa includes four bedrooms of various sizes, two bathrooms and a dressing area. The house also has a basement that houses a guest room, a large storage area, wine cellar and utility area for mechanical installations.
The upper floor features a marvelous outdoor balcony that has water views in three directions. The wood of the walls and floor are an extension of the rustic accents that are used inside the home.
One of the upstairs bathrooms is done in a neutral gray palette that is very calming and fits well with the rest of the house. The walls look like a matte concrete, and have modern cube wall sconces, which contrast with the rustic wood vanity and sliding barn door. A free-standing bathtub is the focal point of the bathroom, while rustic baskets and a ladder towel holder serve as well-matched accents.